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Local controlled substance expert warning about rainbow fentanyl


The Drug Enforcement Administration is issuing a warning about rainbow colored pills laced with large amounts of fentanyl. Now, WISN 12 News is receiving information from a local doctor urging parents and users to take note. This week, federal agents in New York City seized thousands of pills found in a Lego box. These pills are laced with fentanyl, a highly addictive and deadly synthetic opiate. These pills originated on the West Coast, but are now sold throughout the country, including in the Milwaukee area. Diana Bottari is medical director of the Controlled Substances Monitoring Group for Aurora Health Advocacy. These pills are not just a problem in New York or Chicago, she said, but across the country. One use may be their last use. You can’t taste it, you can’t see it, you can’t smell it,” said Bottari, who said they have recalled the rainbow pills locally. Call 414-414-454-6600.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is issuing a warning about rainbow colored pills laced with large amounts of fentanyl. Now, WISN 12 News is receiving information from a local doctor urging parents and users to take note.

This week, federal agents in New York City seized thousands The drug was found in a Lego box. Those pills are laced with fentanyl, a highly addictive and deadly synthetic opiate.

Those pills originated on the West Coast, but are now available all over the country, including in the Milwaukee area.

Diana Bottari is medical director of the Controlled Substances Monitoring Group for Aurora Health Advocacy. These pills are not just a problem in New York or Chicago, she says, but across the country.

She has this warning for parents.

“It’s worrying. The best we can do is talk to the kids and let them know one use could be their last. You can’t taste it, you can’t have it. When you see it, you can’t smell it,” Bottari said.

Bottari also said the amount of fentanyl that can be as small as a grain of salt can be deadly.

Milwaukee police also said they recovered the rainbow pills locally.

If you or someone you know is battling addiction, help is available through Aurora Health. Call 414-414-454-6600.

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